Bo Hopkins tributes are pouring out after the ‘American Graffiti’ actor died aged 84

To veteran actor William “Bo” Hopkins, best known for his roles in American graffiti and Midnight Expressafter his death at the age of 84.

Hopkins was taken to Valley Presbyterian Hospital in Van Nuys, California, after suffering a heart attack on May 9, his wife Sian said The Hollywood Reporter. He died on May 28th.

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Actor Bo Hopkins attends the TCM Classic Film Festival Opening Gala of ‘Oklahoma!’ at the TCL Chinese Theater IMAX on April 10, 2014 in Hollywood, California. Bo Hopkins died Saturday, according to a statement on his website.

A statement on Hopkins’ website confirmed the death and read: “It is with great sadness that we announce that Bo has passed away.

“Bo loved hearing from his fans from all over the world and while he hasn’t been able to reply to every email over the past few years, he was delighted to hear from each and every one of you.”

Hopkins was best known for his role as Joe Young in George Lucas’ coming-of-age film American graffiti and as Clarence Lee in the western film, the wild bunch, by Sam Peckinpah.

After Hopkins’ death was announced, many people took to social media to pay tribute to the veteran actor.

Film critic Sean Burns tweeted: “RIP Bo Hopkins the last of The wild bunch and leader of the pharaohs. His Rockford files Episodes have always been my favorites.”

Comic and television writer Jay Faerber added: “Sad to hear that Bo Hopkins has passed away. He has acted in some great films (American graffiti, Midnight Express, The wild bunchand more), but I was first revealed to him as Rockford’s sidekick, disbarred John Cooper.”

Journalist Bilge Ebiri commented, “Bo Hopkins was an unforgettable screen presence, as if James Dean had been reincarnated as a mad character actor. I loved him. Rest in peace.”

William Hopkins was born on February 2, 1938 in Greenville, South Carolina The Hollywood Reporter. He was sent to live with his grandparents when his mother remarried after his father died aged 39 of a heart attack.

Hopkins later learned at age 12 that he had been adopted when he was 9 months old. The actor later met his birth mother and learned he had half-siblings.

The publication added that Hopkins went to a reform school after a botched robbery while enlisting in the Army before his 17th birthday.

When Hopkins returned to Greenville after his service, he landed a role in a production of The Tea House of the August Moon at a local theater, after The Hollywood Reporter.

His performances led to further opportunities in New York. He adopted the name “Bo” while appearing in an off-Broadway production of Bus Stop, the publication reported.

Although Hopkins was known for roles in the 1960s and 1970s, he acted for many decades and appeared in his last film. Backwoods Elegy back in 2020.

news week has reached out to the Hopkins media team for comment.

Hollywood was rocked earlier this week when the announcement was made Goodfellas Actor and film icon Ray Liotta died on Thursday May 26 at the age of 67. Bo Hopkins tributes are pouring out after the ‘American Graffiti’ actor died aged 84

Rick Schindler

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